Upcycled Spaghetti Sauce Jar

by Nicki on November 13, 2012

in Creating,Holidays

Looking for Christmas gift ideas for teachers, bus drivers, coaches, neighbors, etc.? I have a great idea today!

Christmas cookies are wonderful. I seriously love them. I hesitate to give tons of them as gifts though, because as much as I like my Christmas cookies, everyone else probably likes their Christmas cookies. Know what I mean?

Anyway … I thought it would be a fun idea to give granola as a gift and I got a cool idea for packaging it – spaghetti sauce jars. I love glass jars and think they would be much nicer packaging than plastic. So here’s what I did.

I completely washed and dried two jars and lids I had set aside. But of course, I was left with that icky glue from the label.

I mixed 1 tablespoon of oil with 1-1/2 tablespoons of baking soda, to make a paste. Then I lathered the paste all over the glue and let it set for 5 minutes or so to work its magic. Then I used the scrubby side of the sponge (the green side on those green and yellow ones) and scrubbed at it with a vengeance. It doesn’t come off easily but it’s not too bad. <– You could skip this whole process and just use Goo Gone, but I didn’t happen to have any in my house when this brilliant idea dawned on me.

then …

After you have goo-free jars, tackle the lids. I happened to have a nice off-white spray paint left over from something else. It took two coats to cover the lids and make them look all pretty.

I am so happy with how lovely they look. I love that they don’t have a weird logo embossed on them or anything, just nice, smooth glass.

These would also be great for those “cookies in a jar” gifts!

For more great ideas, check out 50+ Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas!

Why I do what I do ~ Chloe has been sick for two days. Yesterday as I walked in the room to bring her another drink, she said, “I feel so happy that you’re my mom.” ~sigh~ Happy Mama Moment

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